Discover unusual innovation, emerging trends and bleeding-edge research from around the world

HomeTagsTechnology

Tag: Technology

Astronomic neutrality

Hemp is versatile; fungi helps us relax. The latter are also crucial in meat-free food production. A biotech startup from Buenos Aires recently won a NASA competition with its fermented fungal ingredient. The protein-rich raw material is not only cost-effective but multiplies in volume by five times a day - astronomical! Since the product is relatively taste-neutral, it can...

Helpful head start

Whether it’s an armband that converts language to text, or a chat app for mental challenges, modern technology provides an array of support. Now four young women from Dubai are aiming to improve the lives of schizophrenia patients. The tenth-graders recently won an international competition with their headband, which monitors signals from the brain and detects anomalies. These triggers...

Well backed-up

Thanks to modern technology, languages, ethnic films and historical discoveries can all be permanently preserved. Now Ukraine’s cultural heritage is under threat. That’s why a Viennese organisation has joined forces with American educational institutions to store at-risk information on a central, secure server. A programme helps find documents, photographs, songs, cutting patterns, and films from Ukraine on local online...

Convenient security

We’ve seen young people produce sustainable air-conditioning and electricity-generating trainers. Now, having taught himself the basics of programming and electrical engineering, an ambitious 19-year-old from India has hand-converted a normal bicycle into a theft-proof electric bike. Starting the E-bike is only possible via a fingerprint sensor. It has a range of 60km, while the in-built battery can be fully...

Extended safekeeping

Electric energy can be retained in air or by heating carbon blocks. Data, meanwhile, can be stored in DNA. Natural DNA strands consist of 4 components, named nucleotides, denoted by the letters A, G, T and C respectively. When translated into the 1s and 0s of binary, the billions of potentially available combinations result in an extremely high storage...

Cultivated control

This gripping arm can lift goods just like an elephant’s trunk. Now, a Danish research team has developed a robot to oversee the quality control of a local dairy’s cheeses, with monitoring taking place at the start of the process. Typically, it’s at a late stage. The robot inserts two thin metal tubes into the cheese curd; these, in...

Sensitive classification

Winged beasts can teach us a lot about aerodynamics and joint protection. Insects are an incredibly important part of our world. Now, thanks to a research team at Copenhagen University, they can be automatically identified and catalogued using infrared sensors and artificial intelligence. If an insect flies past, a sensor automatically measures its wingspan. The AI compares the size...

Sound speedup

Plasters can heal chronic wounds and magnets strengthen weak muscles. But bones can’t regrow by themselves. Typically, new bone cells are made using stem cells extracted from bone marrow, a complex and expensive procedure that is also painful for patients. Now an Australian research team has found a better solution. In their method, stem cells extracted from fat tissue, for...

Stay connected

Get a head start with the weekly newsletter

Sign up for your weekly inspiration sent directly to your inbox each friday. Providing you with positive news on innovation. Get a fresh perspective, sparking ideas and preparing you for warm-hearted conversations.

Editor's Picks